The Drive Electric Program offers a purchase/lease rebate for individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and Québec municipalities that want to acquire an eligible vehicle.
In 2013 the rebate amount ranges from $4,500 to $8,000 for all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. A $500 rebate is available for non-plug-in hybrid and low-speed electric vehicles.
|Vehicle type||Rebate Amount|
Plug-in hybrid vehicles*
|$4,500 to $8,000|
|Low-speed electric vehicles||$1,000|
This program was officially launched on January 1, 2012. It will be in place until December 31, 2015. It replaces the tax credit program for purchasing or leasing a new fuel-efficient vehicle that was in place from 2009 to 2011.
Under this program, anyone who has purchased or leased an electric vehicle can also apply for financial assistance for the purchase and installation of a 240 volt charging station at their home.
*They higher the capacity of the electric battery, the higher the rebate amount.
** Note dated April 16, 2013:
Car dealerships can no longer apply the government rebate for non plug-in hybrid vehicles when signing a lease or sales contract.
However, for a few days only, individuals can still mail in their application.
The normative framework (PDF Format, 92 Kb) of the Drive Electric Program allows for a maximum of 5,000 rebate applications to be accepted for the purchase or lease of a non plug-in hybrid vehicle.
The maximum number of rebate applications for a hybrid vehicle has now been reached. Since not all the applications have been analyzed, for a short time only the buyers of hybrid vehicles may still mail in an application. There is no guarantee these applications will be accepted, since the result will depend on the analysis of previously-received applications. Priority for the processing of mail-in applications will be based on the date of receipt at our offices.
All-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are not affected by this limit.